27 Aug 2016

Mohamed Hassan: slam poetics

From Saturday Morning, 9:45 am on 27 August 2016
Mohamed Hassan

Mohamed Hassan. Photo: supplied

Mohamed Hassan is a slam poet and journalist for RNZ.

He talks with Kim Hill about his "quite terrifying" move from Cairo to Auckland aged eight, overcoming his stutter and his love of spoken word poetry.

“The environment in a slam is very special because here is an audience that is automatically part of this process – they’re encouraged to click their fingers at things they like, they’re encouraged to holler, they’re encouraged to cheer in the middle of your poem. And at the end of it you feel like these people really want to hear your story - and that’s magical.”

Mohamed recently appeared at the WORD Christchurch Writers Festival.